Baroness Valerie Amos attends inaugural Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Fellows’ Network event

Published: 7 Jan 2016

Baroness Valerie Amos attends inaugural Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Fellows’ Network event

Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London, spoke at the inaugural Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Fellows’ Network event of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 11th January.

The event brought together Churchill Fellows interested in issues affecting BAME communities in the UK, and provided an opportunity for the Fellows to share best practice and learning from their global travels.

The event, which was held at Conway Hall, London WC1, launched this new network, aimed at encouraging collaboration and support for each other’s work in communities across the UK.

‘Churchill Fellows are given the opportunity to network and share ideas of how best to bring about societal change.  This chimes well with what we do at SOAS.  Our students want to make a positive difference in the world.  I am pleased to have been asked to speak at this inaugural BAME Churchill Fellows’ Network event’,

comments Baroness Amos.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds British citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, in order to return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK. It supports individuals, whatever their background or qualifications, to become leaders within their own communities, helping to transform and better many aspects of today’s society.

SOAS, University of London, is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

Biography – Baroness Valerie Amos                             

Baroness Valerie Amos joined as Director of SOAS, University of London, in September 2015.  From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998.  She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998.  She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council.  She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN.